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|John Boone Jones: June 23, 1833 - July 29, 1921|
|Martha Ellen Brown: May 1847 - About 1920|
Published photograph of John Boone Jones.
John Boone Jones was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky on 23 June 1833. He was orphaned as a young child and went to live in Arkansas with foster parents. Family oral tradition says that John was a great grandson of Daniel Boone. Jones Family members traveled with Daniel and were deeply involved with the Daniel Boone family for many years. The Boone relationship is still being researched.
John's daughter, Narcissus on the eve of her 100th birthday celebration (June 1975) related the story of her life to Yvonne Prater a columnist for the Ellensburg Daily Record. According to Narcissus, John crossed the great American plain to join the gold rush to California in 1850.
kicking around in
camps for a number of years,
John became a driver for the short life of the
Butterfield Stage Line (1857 - 1861) from San Francisco to St. Louis, a twenty-five day
trip. He drove a six-horse team. The Line closed June 1861,
because of the start of the Civil War. In the 1860 Federal Census, a John Jones is listed
as an Expressman in Los Angeles, California, United States Asst. Quarter Master Department.
He would go onto be one of the first Wells Fargo
for a northern route
through Denver and Salt Lake
City and Sacramento.
John and Martha were reported in the 1910 Federal Census as living in East Kittitas Precinct, Kittitas, Washington. According to the census information one of their eight children had died. Further research indicates that Alpha had died prior to the 1909 publication. In the 1920 Federal Census, they are living on Brockway Street in the Herman Precinct of Roseburg, Douglas County, Oregon.
John Boone Jones died Friday afternoon, July 29, 1921 at home in Ellensburg. His obit reports that he is survived by his wife, Alice Jones , four daughters and two sons. Information concerning Martha's death has not been uncovered.
|Federal Census: John B. Jones and
Photocopies of Federal Census 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920 from Ancestry.com were used to verify names and dates.
1860 Federal Census,
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, Page 73 of 158 (Ancestry.com:
Year: 1860; Census Place:
1910 Federal Census, ED #87, East Kittitas Precinct, Kittitas, Washington, Sheet No. 5B, Lines 84 and 85. (Ancestry.com: 1910 U.S. Census * Washington * Kittitas * All Townships * ED#87: Image 11 of 21, Lines 84 and 85.)
1920 Federal Census, ED #160, Herman Precinct, Roseburg, Douglas County, Oregon. (Ancestry.com: 1920 U.S. Census*Oregon*Douglas*Roseburg*ED#160: Image 16 of 128)
Public Land Documents:
MD - Mount Diablo
MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP RANGE SECTION DOCID DATE NAME
MD 0050S 0050W 027 1734 1868/11/10 JONES JOHN B
Lyman, W. D., History of the Yakima Valley Washington Comprising Yakima, Kittitas and Benton Counties, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago and New York, 1919, pp 790-793.
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